Amazon has acquired Facebook’s Satellite Internet team, this will boost its efforts to develop the satellite internet. Organizations such as Amazon, Facebook, SpaceX, and Softbank have invested millions of dollars to launch satellites, to offer broadband service in the US and abroad.
According to Linkedin, Facebook employees moved to Amazon in April. This included workers from Los Angeles such as physicists, optical, prototyping, mechanical, and software engineers who have previously worked on aeronautical systems to help Amazon develop its network of low orbit satellites.
Amazon paid Facebook, though the terms of the agreement are not available in the public domain.
Earlier last year, the company announced it will use United Launch Alliance’s ultra-reliable Atlas V rocket for the initial satellite launches.
Project Kuiper satellite network is Amazon’s attempt to catch up with SpaceX Starlink broadband. Constellation. The project is designed to provide low latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to users around the world.
Amazon is committed to its effort to launch 3,236-satellite constellations in orbit by 2029, with half of it launched by 2026. Amazon also has plans to build 12 ground stations around the world to transmit data to and from the satellites.
With Facebook making investments in subsea and terrestrial fiber as well as wireless services like ExpressWiFi, it looks like it is getting out of the satellite business. Earlier the company launched the “Athena” satellite through its PointView Tech subsidiary, it was a test mission rather than the start of a satellite internet constellation. The current actions of Facebook suggest it might be rethinking its earlier plans.